March 14, 2019
Albany, NY

Statement from Budget Director Robert Mujica

TOP Statement from Budget Director Robert Mujica
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"The Senate one house budget is wholly incredible. The Senate's plan would increase spending by nearly $3.5 billion, compared to the Executive Budget while identifying no material spending cuts or new revenues. At least the Assembly plan, while raising spending, proposes new taxes to partially pay for the additions (which are not acceptable to us and is still billions out of balance). Under the Senate proposal, the General Fund would be out of balance by $3.5 billion in FY 2020. As part of the Senate plan, they're promising $40 million to Nassau County for tax reassessments. It is another obvious political charade. It is like the $3 billion New York was supposedly giving to Amazon. It never existed. There is no funding for Nassau's tax assessment, there is no $3.5 billion of extra spending as the Senate promises its supporters. The continued creation of these false political expectations makes the reality of an on-time, responsible government budget virtually impossible."

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